- File Size: 2457 KB
- Print Length: 170 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Buchman Bookworks, Inc. (November 22, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 22, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NAAJL53
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Damien's Christmas (The Night Stalkers White House Book 6) Kindle Edition
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This book is just like that.
Damien and Cornelia are two misfit over-achievers who have worked themselves into their perfect jobs. He’s the 10 year veteran of the White House Situation Room, the senior duty watch officer for the National Security Council– a Marine who is a librarian, an information specialist with rumpled hair in a rumpled suit.
Cornelia is newly promoted to be President Peter Matthew’s Chief of Staff – whip smart, focused – and feeling in-over-her-head when she’s called to a secret meeting with Mr. Pejman, the assistant to the U.N. ambassador from Iran. Although she moves like a dancer, Cornelia is awkward with the opposite sex, understanding that her short term relationships are her own fault:
“Her lovers never stuck… they consistently departed fast enough that there was no question who was the problem in the relationship—six-week average with a two-week first standard deviation. The outliers were a one-night mistake and a four-month data point that never should have occurred. She’d have cast out the latter except she hadn’t had that many relationships and without him her averages slid downward badly.”
Gotta love a woman who uses statistical analysis to grade her romantic life!
Given these two highly unlikely lovers, where does the chocolate magic come from? Good chocolate has flavor accents: orange, pecans, truffles--and this book abounds in flavor accents:
Washington, DC--the geography, the history, the energy.
The White House, a setting and culture Buchman has used before, but this time we see into not only the White House residence, but the President’s Situation Room – the place for decisions, informed decisions.
Christmas with all its sentiments, history, music, lights, energy.
Star Trek references add new and different dimensions.
Helicopters: power, energy, instant flight capability and Night Stalker history.
Food: from Katz’s Deli in NYC to an Irish pub to Christmas chocolate in the White House - the best of the best food.
A mystery: And like all Buchman mysteries, this one is clever and impenetrable.
Suspense: Disaster looms in spite of Damien and Cornelia’s solution of the clever and impenetrable mystery. Can they avert the disaster in time?
And finally, of course, Romance.
A smooth, yummy masterful blend of holiday flavors and colors, sparkle and glow, Damien’s Christmas is a treat for all my senses. Highest recommendation.
Thanks to M.L. Buchman for this holiday confection.
NB: I received a free copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Damien is the perfect man, strong, handsome, smart, and funny. A Marine and a librarian, what a great combination! I liked Cornelia a lot too, she has depth to her that lots of characters don't.
My problem is that the story was just too short and therefore the romance, as well as the suspense plot, were not developed enough. I know people can fall in love within a short time, but a week? And the suspense plot was a bit far-fetched too. In this day of social media, would a meeting between such high profile people in a popular crowded deli really be unnoticed? And the couple just happened to be in the right (wrong) place and the right time to save the day. There just wasn't enough build up to the resolution and that resolution was rushed.
I also felt like the story was missing the author's usual great detail about occupations. It would have been interesting to know more about Damien's job, how being a librarian helps with that job, and what being Chief of Staff is really like, besides the overwhelming amount of work. Some readers may not like that amount of detail, but I think it's part of what sets the author apart from others and makes his books so great.
I received a free copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I do love Matt's White House stories, they remind me of that wonderful world of The West Wing when the President and his staff were fighting the good fight and always had the best intentions.
Cornelia Day was the Vice President's Assistant, but now he's the President Elect she is moving up in the world as his nominated Chief of Staff. In her first day in the Situation Room she meets Marine Corps Situation Room Duty Officer Damien Feinman. Damien is an anomaly, a Marine who has served 10 years in a job that should be rotated every two years. Damien is just as fascinated by the unusual woman before him and the puzzle she poses.
This is most definitely a meeting of minds. Two highly intellectual, driven individuals at the peak of their careers, analytical and thoughtful they see far more than others around them. TBH, that would be enough for me but, because it's Christmas Matt gave us more. A mysterious meeting with an old enemy in an infamous New York deli provides clues to a potential terrorist attack. But where? And when?
This was deeply satisfying both as a Night Stalkers White House novella, a romance, a mystery AND a holiday story. Loved it.
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